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V is for Veterans
By June 7, 2019 Read More →

V is for Veterans

V is for Veterans- Monuments to those who served in the Civil War are a common sight in our Monadnock Region towns but the region is also home to two very unusual veterans memorials. One commemorates those who served in World War I and the other grew out of one family’s loss in World War […]

U is for Upper Ashuelot
By June 6, 2019 Read More →

U is for Upper Ashuelot

U is for Upper Ashuelot- You have probably visited Upper Ashuelot and didn’t know it. Settlement in the Monadnock Region followed the rivers with the earliest settlement happening along the Connecticut River. In the early 1730s, the Province of Massachusetts (much of the region was in Massachusetts in the those days!) granted two townships: Upper […]

T is for Abbott Thayer
By June 5, 2019 Read More →

T is for Abbott Thayer

T is for Abbott Thayer- Artist and naturalist Abbott Thayer (b.1849) grew up in the Monadnock Region and returned to hisbeloved mountain after establishing himself as a painter. Like many artists of his day, Thayer made a living painting portraits but his favored subjects were Mt. Monadnock and the surrounding landscape and paintings of idealized […]

S is for Sargent Camp
By June 4, 2019 Read More →

S is for Sargent Camp

S is for Sargent Camp- In the 20th century, the Monadnock Region was home to dozens of summer camps that drew children from all over the U.S. Sargent Camp in Hancock was founded in 1912 by Dudley A. Sargent, an educator and proponent of physical education for young women. Sargent purchased the 25 acre Haywood […]

R is for Railroad
By June 4, 2019 Read More →

R is for Railroad

R is for Railroad- In the days before the railroad, people and goods moved in and out of the region by stagecoach and wagon. When the first railroads were built in the 1840s, the region was connected to the bigger world in new and exciting ways. Freight could move easily from rural factory to urban […]

Q is for Quig
By June 2, 2019 Read More →

Q is for Quig

Q is for Quig- Nelson painter, musician, and frame maker Albert “Quig” Quigley painted landscapes and portraits that captured life in the Monadnock Region. Mt. Monadnock and the Nelson Congregational Church (which he could see from his house) were favorite subjects. He painted portraits of locals, sometimes on commission but often because he found their […]

P is for Paper
By June 1, 2019 Read More →

P is for Paper

P is for Paper- Paper making is one of the oldest industries in the Monadnock Region, with the first paper mill established in Alstead in 1793. In 1819, John Flagg built a paper mill on the banks of the Contoocook in Bennington. Flagg’s mill, like the Alstead paper mill, made paper by hand using cotton […]

O is for Old Home Day
By June 1, 2019 Read More →

O is for Old Home Day

Old is for Old Home Day– In August of 1899, Governor Frank Rollins invited the sons and daughters of New Hampshire to return to the old home for a week of festivities celebrating our towns. Faced with a declining population and a sluggish economy, Rollins saw Old Home Week as a way to encourage civic […]

N is for New Ipswich Academy
By May 30, 2019 Read More →

N is for New Ipswich Academy

N is for New Ipswich Academy- In the early days of public education, New Hampshire towns were only required to have a grammar school. Private academies were the only choice for students desiring a secondary education and preparation for college. The New Ipswich Academy was the first private academy founded in the Monadnock Region. Established […]

M is for Mariarden
By May 29, 2019 Read More →

M is for Mariarden

M is for Mariarden– A hundred years ago, Marie and Guy Currier bought an old farm in Peterborough and established the Mariarden Theatre. Marie, a former actress, created Mariarden as an outdoor stage and summer training camp for drama and dance. She engaged the power couple of modern dance, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, […]